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Tomorrow is ‘The Day We Fight Back’ against mass surveillance

In Matt’s Damon’s AMA on Reddit last week, he was asked:

Hey Matt, your amazing monologue about the NSA in Good Will Hunting is probably more relevant today than it was when the film was first released. How did you come up with that scene, and are you at all surprised by the revelations on the NSA from the information released by Snowden? 

Here is the clip from Good Will Hunting:

Matt’s reply:

“Well, the first thing to that monologue is it’s safe to say that is the hardest that Ben and I have ever laughed while writing something. We were in our old house in Hollywood, in the basement of this house writing this thing and we were literally in tears because this monologue kept building on itself. We wrote it it one night and kept performing it back and forth, and pissing ourselves laughing.

You know, I was unaware, as I think everyone was, that they had that capacity. Snowden is literally changing policy. These are conversations we have to have about our security, and civil liberties, and we have to decide what we are willing to accept, and he’s provided a huge service kickstarting that debate…”

If you haven’t yet heard, tomorrow one of those conversations about our security, civil liberties, and what we’re willing to accept – it’s called The Day We Fight Back.

Thedaywefightback.org screen shot

“Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight.”

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:

WHAT HAPPENS ON FEBRUARY 11th:

In the U.S.: Thousands of websites will host banners urging people to call and email Congress. Ask legislators to oppose the FISA Improvements Act, support the USA Freedom Act, and enact protections for non-Americans.

Outside the U.S.: Visitors will be asked to urge appropriate targets to institute privacy protections.

Global events: Events are planned in cities worldwide, including in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Copenhagen, Stockholm and more. Find an event near you.

Add the banner to your site now: Grab the banner code on thedaywefightback.org. They’ve built special plugins for WordPress and CloudFlare users and also have a special version of the banner that pushes people to call over email.

Will you join us? 

News Users: 50% Off All Annual Plans For World Backup Day – 48 Hours Only

Thanks for participating! 50% off offer is now invalid. You will still be able to use the code below. However, your account will be replaced with 5GBs.

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  • Open your ‘account’ through the accounts tab in the Spideroak client or click ‘Buy more space’ button.
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History of World Backup Day

A redditor originally suggested the idea of World Backup Day in March 2011. The reddit community quickly rallied with him to launch the first-ever backup “holiday.” Learn more by visiting worldbackupday.com.

Two years later, this day means even more to us as digital consumption increases and more hard drives fail each day. Today we want you to join us in not only acknowledging World Backup Day, but also recognizing how important it is for your personal peace of mind to make sure all of your data is backed up.

Why It Matters

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Helpful Backup Tips

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SpiderOak IAmA/AUA on reddit.com

We at Spideroak.com are mid-development of a new HTML5 mobile client, have grown quite fast in the last year and feel that it’s once again time for us to chat with people about our dreams, aspirations, plans, technology and service.

Based on this a few of us in the team behind SpiderOak will be answering questions in a AUA post on /r/IAmA on the social news site Reddit.com.

For those unfamiliar IAmA is short for “I Am A” and AUA is short for “Ask Us Anything” and describes a post where someone or a group of people answers questions from the reddit community.

We at SpiderOak are doing this as a way of connecting with the community, spread awareness around online privacy, security and cloud storage in general.

We are also happy to hand out 5GB of free storage for life to new signups through code ‘reddit5‘. For the next 48 hours, just sign-up as usual, install the client, set up your first device, click ‘buy more space’ and the code will give you 5GB of free cloud storage for life.

We hope you will take the time to show up and say hello and maybe ask us a question or two! You can find the IAmA post right here.

SpiderOak IAmA on reddit.com

As a part of World Backup Day a few of us in the team behind SpiderOak will be answering questions about our service, company etc. in a AUA post on /r/IAmA on the social news site Reddit throughout the weekend.

For those unfamiliar IAmA is short for “I Am A” and AUA is short for “Ask Us Anything” and stands for a post where someone or a group of people answers questions from the community.

We at SpiderOak are doing this as a way of connecting with the community, spread awareness of World Backup Day, and our special offer of 5GB storage free for life through the bonus code ‘worldbackupday’.

We hope you will take the time to show up and say hello and maybe ask us a question or two! You can find the IAmA post right HERE